During the 15th century, when Admiral Cheng Ho visited Southeast Asia, the name “Penang” was already on the navigation map. Soon after the British established Penang as its trading post following the landing of Captain Francis Light in 1786, there was an influx of Chinese immigrants to Penang. Penang was one of the first states in Malaya where the Chinese immigrants settled. With perseverance and diligence, the Chinese contributed to the growth of early Penang. To understand the history of the Chinese community in Penang, the Han Chiang’s Chinese Heritage Centre is a good start.
Han Chiang’s Chinese Heritage Centre
Han Chiang’s Chinese Heritage Centre has six exhibition halls and a resource room.
The Centre was officially opened on 29 June, 2003.
The upgrading and expansion of the Centre was completed in July 2010 and is now open to the public.
Han Chiang Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame features elite personalities who had made invaluable contributions to the three Institutions of Han Chiang.
The Introduction Hall
The Introduction Hall reveals the summary of Chinese Heritage Centre and founders of the three Institutions of Han Chiang.
The exhibits introduce the different types of Chinese social organizations with the emphasis on the interactions of the organizations made up of Chinese immigrants.
The exhibits in this hall showcase the involvement of the Chinese community in the politics of Penang during the British colonial rule.
The displays present the development of Chinese education for the past 100 years, the challenges it encountered during the different periods and the support of the community for Chinese education. It also presents the history of the three Han Chiang Institutions- Han Chiang Primary School, Han Chiang High School and Han Chiang University College of Communication.
The exhibits unveil the diverse religious beliefs including the folklores and customs of the Chinese community in Penang and their influence of other religions on the community.
Monday to Friday: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday : 2.00pm-5.00pm
Monday to Friday: 9.00pm-6.00pm